Arts & Entertainment

14 W. Downer Pl.
Dance Studio

“AKA Dance strives to maintain a high level of dance technique and knowledge while building confidence and a healthy body image for children of all ages. Our vision is to create strong dancers that can succeed in the world of dance and to offer opportunities to children who otherwise would not have the access to studio quality teaching. We believe dance instructors have the responsibility to not only build strong technical dancers but also have a hand in raising well rounded, compassionate adults who will grow to make an impact on whichever path they choose.” –
(630) 701-9570
5 1/2 W. Downer Ave.

(630) 608-0332
50 E. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL
Art Studios

Aurora Art Studios is a cooperative of area artists featuring water color, pen and ink sketches and mixed media work. The studios also hosts open gallery events, and features local artists. Aurora Art Studios is open by appointment only. They host an open house annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

(630) 801-0818
43 W. Galena Blvd.


A member-driven business association, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business development in the greater Aurora region. Within its four divisions — economic development, community development, member services and business advocacy — the Chamber provides more than 300 programs, services and activities for the benefit of its members.

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce is 5 Star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; only two percent (2%) of the nearly 7,000 chambers in the United States can claim this distinction. To find out more, visit us today at or stop by our offices in downtown Aurora on the northeast corner of Galena and River on the first floor of the parking garage.

(630) 256-3180
4 N. Broadway
(630) 801-8682
20 E. Downer Pl.

One of the oldest buildings in downtown Aurora is home to both the Aurora Historical Society and the Aurora Public Art Commission. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl. is a three-story limestone-faced structure that was restored and reopened to the public as a museum in 1996; it was renamed in honor of the former mayor in 2003.
Each floor is filled with art and history. The first floor houses a gift shop with plenty of Aurora-themed items; the second floor is home to “Aurora Story,” an eclectic look at Aurora’s past through vintage, iconic relics; and the third floor features rotating exhibits hosted by Aurora Public Art.
It is free to visit the museum. Donations are appreciated.

Hours are Wed-Sat, Noon to 4 p.m. and First Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.

78 S. Broadway

“At Don’s Downtown Ink (DTI), we offer professional tattooing and precise body piercing that is a step above the rest. Since opening our doors 7 years ago, we have quickly become the area’s favorite tattoo shop. We have artists who are trained and experienced in the art and who will always put your safety above everything else. All our equipment and jewelry are safe and clean, using health department certified autoclave sterilization.” –

(630) 264-4400
132 W. Downer Pl.

(630) 906-6545
7 S. Broadway

Gallery and Studio located at 7 S. Broadway.
(630) 768-4591
52 W. Downer PL., 2nd floor
Private art studios

1 W. New York St.

Try award-winning steak at Fairbanks or treat yourself to a bite from Take Two. Hollywood Casino Aurora boasts some of the best casino dining options in the Chicago area. They offer a variety of choices, each with its own unique experience. From a quick bit to eat at Take Two between spins on the slots, to a truly fine dining experience at Fairbanks Steakhouse, Hollywood Casino Aurora dining can’t be beat.

(630) 801-1234
32 S. Stolp Ave.
Frame Shop
Framing Shop and Art Gallery

“If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing & Gallery is co-owned and operated by Jennifer Rauch and Tim Frederick. Combined, Jennifer and Tim have over twenty years of experience in the custom framing business.

​As a small local business, If These Walls Could Talk uses local vendors and suppliers whenever possible. ” –
(331) 212-5962
56 S. Lasalle St.

Located in the 605 innovation District at 56 S. Lasalle St.

(630) 788-1348
20 S. Stolp Ave.

“The new Paramount School of the Arts is housed in the John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center located next to Paramount Theatre in Downtown Aurora. The Dunham Aurora Arts Center will also include new rehearsal space for the Broadway Series, guest artist apartments, a restaurant and affordable artist housing.

The new school facility will include over 20 private studios, large classroom spaces, a dance studio and the beautiful new Studio Theatre, a flexible performance space which doubles as a dance studio and classroom. The school will be the home to students of all ages and ability to study both privately and in a group setting.” –


(630) 896-6810
23 E. Galena Blvd.

Paramount Theatre is an exquisite and historical entertainment hall accommodating nearly daily productions.

(630) 896-6666
11-13 Water Street Mall

Riverfront Playhouse is a tucked away treasure in downtown Aurora. Located along the bricked Water Street Mall, this local theatre company operates year-round providing entertainment nearly every weekend presenting comedies, murder mysteries, thrillers and original plays and some children’s productions. Ticket discounts available on Facebook and Foursquare. Check out their website or social media pages for the current offering.

21 S Broadway Ave

“The Venue is a live music performance space in downtown Aurora, Illinois, with a 200-seat listening room and outdoor stage when weather permits. We are proud to book nationally-recognized talent in all genres of music from blues and big band, to rock and world music, and everything in between. Frequently, our opening acts feature regional and local musicians and songwriters.

The Venue is a part of the Fox Valley Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to music education and preservation. Please visit for more information.” –
57 S. LaSalle St.
(630) 859-1079
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